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Well-connected men the biggest beneficiaries of land reform so far - report

11 December 2019 5:48 PM
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A new report claims that wealthy men with political connections have been the predominant beneficiaries of land reform.

Who is currently benefitting from land reform in SA?

Well-connected men, according to researchers at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

It seems that wealthy men have been the predominant beneficiaries of land reform, based on a report by UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).

Researchers studied 62 farms across five provinces that had been acquired through the current leasehold system.

The report's co-author Nkanyiso Gumede says farmworkers and women make a small portion of the total beneficiaries.

According to Gumede, political influence and governmental corruption has had a significant impact on inequitable land distribution.

We found that the distribution of land reform resources is skewed towards those who are economically powerful, those who are politically connected as well as agri business.

Nkanyiso Gumede, Researcher - Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies

We also found that women are under-represented. Only 19% of the 62 farms were given to women.

Nkanyiso Gumede, Researcher - Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies

18% of the farms went to farmworkers. But in most cases, strategic partners sare imposed on them, in some cases by civil servants.

Nkanyiso Gumede, Researcher - Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies

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11 December 2019 5:48 PM
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